Spokane Shows the Failures of ‘Housing First’

Crossposted at Fix Homelessness

The national policy of “Housing First” has been a disappointing failure at reducing homelessness overall. Housing should be only one part of a solution that includes treatment of mental illness and drug addiction. Much of the best leadership in actually reducing homelessness (rather than just subsidizing it) is coming from faith-based groups.

Such lessons were highlighted by Hello for Good, a well-attended civic symposium in Spokane on Friday. Dr. Robert Marbut, Discovery Institute fellow, Paul Webster of the LA Alliance for Human Rights, and Jon Ponder, founder of HOPE for Prisoners (in Nevada) were key participants.

Homelessness even in Spokane? Oh, yes. The state transportation department (WDOT) there houses one of largest camps in the country on some of its property.

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.